From the monthly archives:

July 2014

It’s fun to go on hikes and commune with nature, fun to see a deer wander into your yard, and fun to take your furry friends with you. Who doesn’t love cross-species friends—like how cheetahs are given dog companions to teach them to like and trust humans? Why would Fido loving up on a deer […]

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It happens. A recalled jar of peanut butter, a funky picnic salad, or undercooked meat… and right away, or even as long as 6 weeks later, you find yourself feeling funny. Your stomach hurts, it cramps, and you might have vomiting or diarrhea (or both, which the internet colorfully calls “shuking”). You know you need […]

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Be Prepared For CHIK-V

July 29, 2014

Chikungunya, the incredibly painful but non-lethal virus that tore through the Caribbean in only (about) 6 months, has now infected mosquitoes in Florida, and at least 2 Americans. Officials aren’t projecting a massive outbreak—but that really depends on how well people avoid mosquitoes. Entomologists aren’t as positive, and are worried that it could carry through […]

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A new study has come out, reporting that participants taking nearly the maximum allowed dose of acetaminophen did not experience an improvement in their back pain, including sleep disturbances due to the discomfort. In fact, the group taking acetaminophen did marginally worse than the group taking the placebo. So what now? They’re not advocating patients […]

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By now, New Year’s and the promises it brought are probably long forgotten. Now’s a great time to re-establish health goals—before fall comes, and winter lethargy (and the holiday rush) set in. First, break your goals apart. Try and set habits you want to build, rather than larger, more abstract goals. For example, if you […]

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